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Row over Cambridge University 'hate speaker'

By Robyn Rosen, February 8, 2010

Palestinian academic Azzam Tamimi, who has said he would be happy to be a suicide bomber, will address Cambridge University students tonight, despite calls from the Union of Jewish Students to revoke the invitation.

The Cambridge Islamic Society has invited Dr Tamimi, director of Institute of Islamic Political Thought in London, to address students this evening.

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Benny Morris talk cut by Cambridge Israel society

By Marcus Dysch, February 4, 2010

Cambridge University’s Israel Society has been slammed for bowing to pressure from Muslim students to cancel a speech by a top Israeli historian.

Prof Benny Morris had been due to speak on Thursday, but the event was cancelled after complaints from, among others, the university’s Islamic and Pakistan societies who claimed he was an “Islamophobic hate speaker”.

Israel Society president Jake Witzenfeld called the cancellation “unfortunate but noble”, adding: “There was no intention to “give racism a platform”.

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Cambridge Reform to build new synagogue

November 26, 2009

Cambridge Reform is to build a synagogue after a nomadic 25 years in the city.

The 250-member Beth Shalom congregation raised £500,000 to buy a 400-square metre city council site in central Cambridge.

Synagogue chairman Frank Harris said the community now needed to raise a further £1 million to fund construction of the premises. “A lot of work is still to be done,” he said.

A committee has been set up to oversee the building’s design, planning and construction and a local architect has been appointed.

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Mitzvah Day: New communities join initiative

November 19, 2009

Regional communities supporting Mitzvah Day for the first time included Bristol, where volunteers from the shuls and university collected groceries for the local Refugee Action Centre.

Both the Orthodox and Progressive synagogues installed boxes for members to donate spectacles for the VisionAid charity. A third project was a blood donor drive.

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The Slovakian school frozen in time

November 12, 2009

A heartbreaking evocation of the day time stood still in Slovakia is now on show in Cambridge.

Last Folio is a set of portraits of decaying books, notebooks and essays, discovered in an abandoned Jewish school in eastern Slovakia by photographer Yuri Dojc.

He found these poignant symbols by chance. One dark day in 1943, all those attending the school were taken away to the concentration camps.

The school books are still there, essay notebooks with corrections, school reports, and remarkably enough a book once owned by Yuri’s grandfather Jakub.

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Cambridge mikveh plans are rejected

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2009

Plans to build Cambridge’s first mikveh were plunged into further confusion this week after a council rejected a rabbi’s planning application.

Chabad’s Rabbi Reuven Leigh had asked for permission to convert a ground floor garage and kitchen into a ritual bath at his Castle Street home.

But Cambridge Council planning committee turned down his request, despite the council’s own officials advising them to give the project the go-ahead.

Rabbi Leigh, who is also rabbi of Cambridge Traditional Jewish Congregation, said he would appeal against the “bizarre” decision.

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Teens enjoy scientific breakthrough in Israel

By Jessica Elgot, July 23, 2009

Nine budding British scientists are being mentored by top Israelis during a research trip to the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot.

The A-level pupils were awarded scholarships to the Weizmann summer science programme and are spending a month covering subjects from biology to computer science.

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Klezmer Workshop

By sasha, July 21, 2009
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Sunday 19 July
1:00pm - 4:00pm

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200+ attend Israel 60 bash

May 22, 2008

More than 200 people attended a celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary in Cambridge. Activities included choral and musical events. The climax of the party was the lighting of six candles — one for each decade — on Jonathan Allin’s 3D menorah. The event, held at Mayfield School, was organised by Shoshana Squires and Jenny Culank, with the help of a support committee. Sponsors included the university’s Jewish and Israeli societies.

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